Dia de los Muertos. Day of the dead.

This week I celebrated the day of the dead in New Mexico. It’s a tradition that celebrates, rather than grieves, dead friends and loved ones. A typical activity is to decorate sugar skulls, construct a shrine, and offer the sugar skulls to the dead, while others will bring them to where their loved ones are buried.

On Tuesday, I decorated sugar skulls – of course, without a mold, we had to improvise.

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Handmade sugar skulls with icing

In Albuquerque, there’s a big parade on the Sunday following the day of the dead. There are many activities and crafts to participate in, including decorating sugar skulls, face painting, and watching the parade.

The parade this year was full of political statements and encouragement to vote in the upcoming US election. There were classic low-riders and people operating large skeletons!

Overall, the parade was quite exciting with lots of cheering and singing! A must-see if you’re ever in Albuquerque at this time of year.

Stay safe and stay informed,
-Joe

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